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Haynes and Boone, LLP

Michael J. Scanlon

Michael J. Scanlon



  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Chemical
  • Environmental
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

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Mike Scanlon is a litigator who focuses on insurance recovery. Before coming to Haynes and Boone, Mike worked in Hawaii where he represented a major insurance broker in a series of cases focusing on whether insurance defects are covered loss under CGL policies. At Haynes and Boone, Mike has represented companies seeking insurance coverage for payments made to shareholders challenging M&A transaction in two of the first cases to consider the scope of the “bump-up exclusion” in D&O insurance policies.

In addition to his insurance coverage work, Mike has a broad range of litigation experience. He served as the lead associate on two federal jury trials—a month-long toxic tort trial involving alleged dust and pesticides blowing off a seed farm and a two-week trade secret case involving technology to track and remediate domain abuse. He also helped with high-profile white-collar investigations and has worked on many environmental and trade matters.

Before attending law school, Mike earned a Ph.D. in Japanese literature, which required him to conduct research using a wide variety of Japanese-language resources. In addition, Mike served as counsel for the Hawaii Federal Judicial Selection Commission, and he was a teaching assistant for a seminar on white collar crime at the University of Hawaii. Following a position as a research assistant to Professor William B. Gould IV, a former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, Mike volunteered to be a contributing editor for Chapter 16 of The Developing Labor Law, 6th edition, Bloomberg BNA, 2012.

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


J.D., Stanford Law School, 2010
Ph.D., Japanese Literature, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2004
B.A., East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University in the City of New York, 1994, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Areas of Practice

Antitrust and Competition | Chemical | Environmental | Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) | Insurance Recovery | International | Litigation | NAFTA


The Trump Administration Again Expands Its Use of the Defense Production Act to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

On April 2, President Trump moved to use the Defense Production Act of 1950 (“DPA”) to expand the authority of the Department of Homeland Security to intervene in the private sector to order and prioritize production of supplies and equipment needed to address the coronavirus pandemic...

Senate Passes Stimulus Bill
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2020

In the wake of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak, Congress sought to pass a stimulus bill designed to mitigate the negative impact on the U.S. economy of measures taken to slow the spread of the virus.Hopes of a quick passage of the bill dimmed on March 21, when the Democrat and Republican negotiators in the Senate could not agree on worker protections or stock buyback restrictions for businesses that received funding, among other issues...

Defense Production Act Authority and the Coronavirus Outbreak
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak, attention has been focused on the Defense Production Act of 1950 (“DPA”)[1], a statute dating back to the time of the Korean War, which authorizes the President in times of national emergency to: Make direct purchases and purchase commitments of critical supplies and services; Interrupt the normal flow of goods, even when under contract, by requiring U.S...

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